C O G I T A M U S
The University of
Connecticut Philosophy Department Newsletter
Vol. V, No. 1 January 2002
General Editors: Margaret Gilbert and Anne Hiskes
This issue edited by Anne Hiskes.
Welcome to the fourteenth issue of Cogitamus!
It reports on the period of October 1, 2001 through January 31, 2002.
The next issue will be published in early Spring. Please send items
for the next issue by e-mail to
Highlights: This month we profile the work of three graduate
students, -Lisa Cassidy, Chris Panza, and Gordon Stevenson - who
are entering the job market this year. Good luck to all the job
The Editors wish everyone a merry holiday season and a Happy
- Lisa Cassidy.
is finishing her dissertation on the issue of bodily
responsibility (to what extent and under what conditions are
for properties of their bodies) under the supervision of
Diana Tietjens Meyers. Lisa has specialized
in ethics and feminist philosophy,but
is also competent in the areas of political philosophy, continental philosophy
and the history of modern philosophy.
Lisa has presented several papers at conferences, and has taught many
courses on her own. To learn more about
Lisa's work, you may e-mail her
- Chris Panza is finishing his dissertation
under the supervision of Donald Baxter. In addition to
specializing in early modern philosophy, Chris has a solid background in
ethics, logic, Nietzsche and continental thought, feminist theory,
ancient philosophy and metaphysics. Chris has presented two papers at
conferences and served as a conference moderator. One paper has been
submitted for publication. Chris has taught 7 different courses on his
own. You may
contact Chris by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. To see Chris'
vita, abstracts of his papers, and learn more about his work, see his
- Gordon Stevenson successfully defended his dissertation
"The Naturalistic Foundations of Intentional
Action", supervised by Ruth Millikan, on December 20.
Gordon's specialities are the philosophy of mind and cognitive science,
with competencies in the history of modern philosophy, ethics, logic,
and the philosophy of science. Gordon has published two papers, and
also presented a paper at an international conference. He has taught
6 different courses on his own. You may contact Gordon and learn more
about his work via email at:
Samuel C. Wheeler III has been appointed editor of
Public Affairs Quarterly, effective January 2002. If you have
a good paper in ethics and political philosophy remotely
connectable to some practical current real-world issue, get in touch
Don Baxter has recently published three papers:
"Instantiation as Partial Identity," Australasian Journal of
Philosophy 79 (2001), 449-464. "Loose Identity and Becoming
Something Else," Nous 35 (2001), 592-601; and "Hume on Steadfast
Objects and Time," Hume Studies 27 (2001), pp. 127-46.
JC Beall has published a paper with Mark Colyvan, "Looking
for Contradictions", in AJP, December, 2001.
Austen Clark's review article of consciousness studies
"Vicissitudes of Consciousness, Varities of Correlates" is forthcoming
in The American Journal of Psychology.
Margaret Gilbert has recently published the following 5
Joel Kupperman has published a new paper
"Naturalness Revisited", in
Confucius and the Analects: New Essays,
ed. Bryan Van Norden
(New York: Oxford University Press, December 2001).
- "Collective Remorse" in War Crimes and Collective
Wrongdoing, ed. A. Jokic, Blackwell Publishers: Malden, MA, 2001,
- "Considerations on Collective Guilt" in From History to Justice:
Essays in Honor of Burleigh-Wilkins,
ed. A. Jokic, Peter Lang: New York,
- "Philosophy and the Social Sciences" in Proceedings of the 11th
International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
, (invited lecture) Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, 439-449.
- "Collective Preferences, Obligations, and Rational Choice",
Economics and Philosophy, 17 (2001), 109-119.
- "Joint Action", 2001, long entry in the International
Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, eds., Neil J.
Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, Elsevier Scientific Publications.
Several essays by Ruth Millikan have now appeared in print:
Samuel C. Wheeler III has published "Gun Violence
and Fundamental Rights" in Criminal Justice Ethics, 20: 1
(Spring 2001): 19-24.
- "The Language-Thought Partnership: A Bird's Eye View", in Hans
Johan Glock, ed. Language and Communication 21 (2001),
- "What has Natural Information to do with Intentional Representation?"
in Denis Walsh, ed., Naturalism, Evolution and Mind, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 105-125.
- "Cutting Philosophy of Language Down to Size," Philosophy
(July 2001? 125-140?). Published simultaneously as a separate Cambridge
University Press volume, 2001, 125-140.
- "The Myth of Mental Indexicals," a revised version of "The Myth
of the Essential Indexical," in Andrew Brook and Richard DeVidi eds.,
Self-Reference and Self-Awareness, Advances in Consciousness Research
Volume II, John Benjamins, 167-181.
- "Purposes and Cross-Purposes: On the Evolution of Language and
Languages," The Monist 84.3 (July 2001) (Special issue on
"The Epidemiology of Ideas," ed. Dan Sperber), 392-416.
During the first few weeks of October, JC Beall was a
visiting scholar in the philosophy subfaculty at Oxford giving talks
and consulting with Brad Armour-Garb on several forthcoming papers
and possible books. For several weeks in November JC was a visiting
scholar at the University of St. Andrews in the Department of Logic
where he gave a few talks and collaborated with Graham Priest et al.
traveled to the Philosophy Department at the University of
Cincinnati where he
presented a paper "Two Dogmas of
Metaethics" which lead to a lively and fruitful
discussion Paul reports that he first
material for this paper to the Uconn Philosophy Department in a
seminar last spring.
gave invited talks on two successive days at the cognitive
science program (Phil
at Washington University in St. Louis, November 1 and 2.
He also gave invited
talks on two successive days at the cognitive science
program at Cornell
University on November 29 and 30.
will participate in two conferences in January. She will open a
conference on "Action Theory and Social Ontology" at
of Miami, Coral Gables, January 10-12, with an invited talk entitled
"Acting Together". Her paper "Collective Guilt and
Guilt Feelings" will be one of a set of invited papers to be
a conference on "Crimes Against Hmanity", at the University
Ontario, London, Ontario, January 25-6 2001.
Ruth Millikan has
traveled extensively this past Fall while on leave for the semester.
October 4-6 she spoke at Ohio State
"Compositionality and Embedding in Soft Natural Signs" and
On October 16,
she presented "Compositionality and Embedding in Soft Natural
at the University of Sussex.
18-21 she attended a workshop at the Konrad Lorenz Institute
for Evolution and
Cognition Research on "Evolution of Communication Systems:
Approach" and presented: "On Reading Signs: Differences
and The Others" . On
23-25 Ruth visited the J.W. Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt
fur Philosophie. She began her visit with a four hour seminar for
graduate students called " Blackboard on Teleosemantics".
next day she
gave a public talk "On
Takeover by the Genes and the Memes" for the project "
und Geselschaftlichen Wandel, followed by a seminar for faculty
student on the same topic.
the USA, Ruth spoke at the University of Iowa on Nov. 29 and 30,
giving The E. W. Hall Philosophy
Lecture titled "Purposes and Cross-purposes" and the next
presenting "Compositionality and Embedding in Soft Natural Signs".
(Addis says he has written on both topics). Wrapping up her travels
temporarily, Ruth presented
Reading Signs: Differences between Us and The Others" at the
Chicago on Dec. 7.
As reported in the last issue
Susan Anderson has been active in the Human Rights semester at the
Stamford campus. She is head of the "Human Rights Essay Contest
Committee" at the Stamford Campus.
The winning student will receive a prize of $250, and the winning essay
will be published in the Stamford Campus
literary journal, Myriads. Susan also
gave a talk "The Current State of Ethics in American Society."
to the Edgehill Retirement Community.
Susan reports that the talk stimulated a lively discussion in this
educated audience, and she has been asked to lead a discussion series there in
- On Nov. 16, Austen
Clark gave a two-hour workshop
entitled "Design, Implementation, and Assessment of a Self-Paced Course" for the Institute
for Teaching and Learning at Uconn. Austen
has also been asked to serve on a accreditation/review panel for the
Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Canada,
January 16-18 2002.
Samuel C. Wheeler III
chaired a session at the September Semantic
Conference at Rutger Univsrsity Center for Cognitive Science, Sept. 14-15, 2001
Work in Progress
JC Beall has numerous projects in various states of completion.
Several papers with Brad Armour-Garb
are forthcoming in Phil. Quarterly
of Philosophical Logic. A
monograph Logical Pluralism with Greg
Restall is now under contract with Oxford University Press.
An edited volume with Brad Armour- Garb
Deflationary Truth (Chicago: Open Court
Press, 2001) is now in press, and a second volume with Armour-Garb Deflationism and Paradox is under
contract with Oxford: Oxford University Press. In addition, J. C is writing a
textbook on Modal and Many-Valued Logic with Bas van Fraassen, also under
contract with Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tim Elder reports that a paper he wrote and revised (in response
to excellent comments from Eric Margolis) will be forthcoming from
Oxford UP in Creations of the Mind: Essays on
Artifacts and their Representation, ed. Eric Margolis
and Stephen Laurence. On receiving a manuscript, the editors post it
on a private website so that other contributors can shoot it full of
holes. As Tim puts it "I've volunteered to be the first person
In case you've been wondering
why Samuel C. Wheeler III has been
absent from the Fall Philosophy Brown Bag Seminars, he has been attending a
graduate course in the Linguistics department
Sam is taking the
course to help him finish the last two chapters on the
logical form of
conditionals and modalities for his book Metaphysics
without Funny Stuff. Sam reports,
"It's hard, fun, and relevant to Philosophy of Language."
- William Cornwell's
"Epistemological Holism and Semantic Holism," is scheduled to
appear next year in Perspectives and Coherentism, edited by
- David Slutsky's paper
"Causally Inefficacious Moral
is scheduled to appear in The Southern Journal of
Philosophy Vol. 39 (2001), No. 4. The publication date of this
issue is approximately December 15, 2001.
Chris Panza presented a paper "Partial Consideration,
Mental Separation, and General Reference," on November 17th at the
Southeastern Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Wake Forest
University in North Carolina.
Austen Clark and Denise Polivy
plan to try to climb Iztaccihuati
(17,160 ft. and Pico de Orizaba (18,410 ft.) in Mexico over the
break, from December 27 to January 7. "We will be in a party with
three climbing friends from Maine." Good luck Austen and Denise.
Steve Lahey and Julia McQuillan
on the birth of their first child, a daughter,
Thea Louise (born December 8).
Steve reports, "she is the center of the universe".
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